Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
Korea (South) -- Economic policy, China -- Economic policy, Economic policy
China and Korea watchers jumped to attention when it was announced that Xi Jinping would visit South Korea from July 3-4, rather than visit North Korea first. Although the trip could have been seen as reciprocating ROK President Park Geun-hye’s visit to China in June 2013, the Chinese side surely was aware that the trip would be viewed abroad as a departure from standard Chinese protocol and would probably upset Kim Jong-un and his colleagues. But while the trip can be judged a success for China, the North Koreans may have less to worry about than might at first appear.
Gurtov, M. "Xi Jinping Visits Seoul: The Bigger Picture", The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 30, No. 2, July 28, 2014.